The Announcement

May 22nd, 1963. Unhappy with the existing social and political situation in Turkey, a group of military officers have planned a coup d’état to take down the government in Ankara. Meanwhile in Istanbul, their conspirators have undertaken the vital mission of taking over the National Radio station and making a formal announcement about the coup. But nothing goes to plan. Faced with a number of obstacles, including a sudden rainstorm, the absence of the radio station technician, a betrayal, the lack of feedback from Ankara and their very own insufficiency, the conspirators scramble to keep their plan on track and announce the success of the coup – that is, if the coup in the capital has taken place at all. Based on actual events and told over the course of a single night, “The Announcement” is a wry commentary on Turkey’s uneasy political past – and present. Biting political satire meets subtle comedy in a film that highlights the absurdity of its story without ever being anything less than dead serious.

2018 – Turkey, Bulgaria – 95 minutes – Turkish – Feature/ Drama

Original title: Anons

Directed by: Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun
Written by: Ercan Kesal, Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun
Cinematography: Krum Rodrigues
Edited by: Çiçek Kahraman
Cast: Ali Seçkiner Alıcı (Reha),Tarhan Karagöz (Şinasi),Murat Kılıç (Kemal), Şencan Güleryüz (Koreli Fırat)
Producer: Halil Kardaş, Tarık Tufan
Co-producer: Boris Chouchkov

Produced by: Filmotto Production
Co-produced by: Chouchkov Brothers (Bulgaria), BKM (Turkey)

  • Venice Film Festival, Orizzonti competition section | Special Jury Prize(World premiere)
  • Athens IFF
  • Haifa IFF, Golden Anchor Competition section
  • Sao Paolo IFF, International Perspective section
  • Turkish Film Week (Azerbaijan)
  • Kerala IFF
  • Dhaka IFF
  • Goteborg FF
  • Bengaluru IFF
  • LuxFilmFest
  • Fajr IFF | International Critic Jury Award
  • Moscow IFF
  • Crossing Europe
  • Jeonju IFF, World Cinemascape (Asian premiere)
  • Espoo Cine
  • Seattle IFF
  • Red Tulip FF
  • Transilvania IFF
  • Mediterranean FF Split
  • Bildrausch – Filmfest Basel
  • Munich FF
  • Taipei FF
  • Manarat FF
  • Transatlantyk FF
  • PriFest
  • Timisoara Central European FF
  • Duhok IFF
  • International Cinematographers FF Manaki Brothers
  • Turkish Movie Fest/ Belgrade
  • Independent FilmFest Osnabruck
  • Mostra de Valencia
  • Frankfurt Turkish FF
  • FilmFestival Cottbus
  • Vancouver Turkish FF
  • BTF’s Documentary and Short Film Competition/ Boston
  • Washington Turkish FF
  • Seattle Turkish FF
  • Sinema Stuttgart
  • Black Movie FF

 “Mahmut Fazil Coskun blends political history, humor and violence in this impressive hybrid” – The  Hollywood Reporter

“Comedy of the absurd has rarely felt so strangely real” – Screendaily  

“With his third film, Turkish director Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun announces himself as a major film talent.” – Cineuropa 

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